Dr. DMX has long been the go-to guy for all things DMX. His products are used industry wide for testing and stable reproduction of DMX Signals. But now we can also turn to the team at Doug Fleenor Design for all of our sACN & Artnet needs. New for this year is the DMX doohickey – the name is the only thing funny about it. This tiny device is designed to detect the address on channel 512 of a DMX universe. With hundreds of DMX universes available in sACN range people are beginning to identify them by parking channel 512 at the same value as the universe they are using. (universe #1 = channel 512 @1%) The DMX doohickey quickly identifies that DMX universe.
Preset 10 Ethernet is a new 10-button station for Snapshot Capture and Architectural Playback of up to four (4) universes of DMX. These universes are collected from the sACN stream via RJ-45 with support for POE switches. Multiple stations may operate on the same network. Also new for this year is the 8 Channel Ethernet to Analog Interface. This device will accept sACN or ArtNet protocols and convert them into 0-10V outputs for control of analog equipment and lighting. Another product that has made the jump from DMX to Ethernet-based protocols is the famous 1 Channel Relay Pack. This product is used to quickly control the power to simple devices such as fans, hazers, projectors, practicals, and non-DMX products.
BCI announces THE BEST BOY 2 POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX. The popular Best Boy Pocket Console®-DMX just got better with the emergence of the improved Best Boy 2. The Best Boy 2 is a vastly improved and armored version of the ubiquitous POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX.
This new Best Boy 2 Pocket Console comes built into a “Mil-Spec” water resistant case that is superior in all aspects to the prior style case; it is smaller and lighter; comes with a DMX umbilical as opposed to a flush-mount data port, no longer requiring a DMX jumper; has a much smaller power supply; comes with Playback-8 Software. It can be patched just as always with up to 512 DMX addresses, while still recording up to 8 discrete “Submasters” of the 8 Channels. Whether for LEDs, discrete control of 12/24 dimmer packs or for setting or tech-ing a moving light, The NEW Best Boy 2 is ready to take on the job.
Interactive Technologies has been making DMX controllers and testing equipment for 20 years. Their Cue Server line easily controls DMX controlled lighting fixtures commonly found on building exteriors, in foyers, ballrooms, convention halls, and in other decorative architectural lighting projects.
Architectural lighting cues can be triggered by CueServer’s built-in clock at any time of the day, on any day of the week, and each day of the year.
Cue servers come in two versions 1 and 2 with the series 2 offering more functions and expandability.
While available in rack mount and DIN rail flavors for a while Interactive released the new CueServer 2 “Mini” This tiny CueServer can be configured to output up to 32 universes of DMX, has two built-in slots for interchangeable DMX modules, and has function buttons, digital I/O and audio output all in a size that fits in your hand.
This year at LDI Dove had a handy tool that could come in useful for some applications, an 8 Channel DMX to Analog Interface.
The MTX-DE8-WM decodes signals from DMX control desks to analog dimmers, LED, and fluorescent lighting fixtures whose drivers / ballasts accept 0 to +10VDC dimming control. It is used to integrate controllers into theatrical or television lighting systems. The decoder is mounted on a wall, and each driver is connected to one of eight channels on the internal terminal strip. Up to 64 decoders may be chained together for systems of up to 512 fixtures. A thumbwheel switch on the front panel selects the starting channel, and an LED indicates the presence of the DMX signal.
- Compatible with USITT DMX-512
- Standard 0 to +10VDC output
- Eight channels
- Terminal strip outputs
- Thumbwheel starting channel select switch
- DMX in and out
- DMX termination switch
- Load test function
- Wall mount (screws not included)
- 120/240V 50/60Hz 25mA power input
- Dim. 9.25″ X 3.20″ X 3.00″
- Wt. 1.5 pounds
- One year warranty
Hot on the heels of last year’s DMX Kegerator, at the home of Dr DMX this year, not only could you duel your friends in a Battle-Bot style arena with balloon-popping robots controlled by lighting consoles (I chose the Gio over the Apathy and Avolight options), but the Hawaiian shirt crew was showing several new products, including the E2E. The “Ethernet to Ethernet” interface is a lighting protocol conversion device with support for four universes of data. The input and output connections may use completely separate networks simultaneously, or transmit and receive on the same network using a switch. An internal web server provides configuration options on each port. The in and out ports may be configured to use E1.31 sACN, draft sACN, Artnet, Strand Shownet, and KiNeT. Universe numbering may be selected for each of the individual four channels. DHCP or IPv4 fixed addressing may be set individually on input and output. I know we’ve all had to reconfigure our sACN network for that ONE Artnet-only device. This is your get-out-of-jail-free card.
Also of particular interest was the new Decelerator featuring a “choose your speed” option (slow, medium, fast), as well as a bypass mode making this a true 1-to-1 opto-isolator.
Fleenor has also updated their relay pack with an Ethernet native option. Milton was very proud to have included most of the custom options he has cooked up over the years in the base model of this new version – such as momentary mode, latch lock, threshold setting, to name a few.